Guru (noun): a mentor or teacher who guides us on our journey to self-betterment with zen like grace and flair.
Any journey is made easier when you travel with a wise teacher to guide your steps. Someone who knows the twists and turns along the trail as you struggle onwards and upwards to reach the top. Someone there to cheer on every small victory and encourage each faltering step- especially when the road seems bleak and impossible.
The need for such teachers is great.
When it comes to achieving our goals (often the most personal of journeys) the need for our own personal guru is even greater. Perhaps you will have the good fortune to have a dear, wise soul that you can rely on- perhaps not. Often it feels when I embark on a goal that it’s a solo mission. Luckily, it needn’t be! Others have trod this path before. A bit of effort, and a quick search will usually lead me to a treasure trove of resources. Even one good book is the perfect map, my guide to chart out a course of action.
Forget those overrated treasure maps. A whole lot of wisdom and inspiration can be held within the pages of a single, humble book. Whatever your ambition- when a live guru is hard to find- an excellent book can guide your journey.
Given my current goals, here are two guru guides that I am using.
“Snail Mail: Rediscovering the Art and Craft of Handmade Correspondence” by Michelle MacKintosh
Instant communication may be king-yet are we truly connected with our friends and family? Increasingly experts tell us that we are not, indeed that we’re losing the skills to communicate in meaningful ways. Enter snail mail guru MacKintosh : her delightful how-to guide transforms simple correspondence into an art form.
Whether you are an adept or an amateur, this book has plenty of inspiration for us all. From why writing letters is more important than ever, to how to actually go about doing so in more creative ways than I ever imagined. This is a guide that I happily refer to again and again. The chapter heading say a lot about this gem- to name a few: “Write here, Right now”, “Creative Characters”, and “Post with Personality”. Best to stock up on stamps before you read this one (just in case).
“French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure” by Mireille Guiliano
Diets are a dime a dozen for fleeting, rather than lasting change. Most dieters seem pretty miserable too. Toss all that, instead come and find this great guide to a healthy yet joyous lifestyle.
Most of us North Americans have a love/hate relationship with food. And our bodies. Yet elsewhere it is mind-bogglingly different. Women go about, happily eating scrumptious food, yet still look fabulous. How do the French (though I would contend that their approach extends to Europeans in general) do it? Wonder no more my friends, wonder no more. Guiliano is your lifestyle guide to doing the same with joie de vivre and plenty of Gallic panache.
Being a Goal Getter
Books often the make the best guides I know. They do not judge me. They do not criticize my efforts. They simply cheer me on. When I stumble and fall what I’ve read helps give me the courage to get back up, dust myself off, and to keep going. If that’s not a great guru, then I don’t know what is.
Which books have you found helpful or inspiring? Any titles to recommend? You know me: I’m always on the hunt for that next great read.
Whatever your goal, dream or ambition, don’t despair. Keep going, keep trying. Because you can do it. I can do it. We all can. With our guru book guides held fast we can venture forth unafraid, and make that impossible dream our reality.
Until next time my friends, never stop reading.